1495

1495
Henry VII. visited the Earl of Derby at Latham, and they afterwards came by Warrington to Manchester. At Latham a curious incident occurred. Earlier in the year took place the execution of Sir William Stanley, the Earl of Derby’s brother, who ten years earlier had placed the tottering crown on Henry’s brow at Bosworth field. The King and the Earl stood on the leads of the house to view the country. “The Earl’s fool was in company, who, observing the King draw near to the edge of the leads, not guarded with business, he stepped up to the Earl, and, pointing down to the precipice, said, ‘Tom, remember Will !’” The King made a hasty exit, and left the fool to lament the failure of his lord to avenge the death of his brother.(7)